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Lubomir Ftacnik
Number of games in database: 2,081
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2554 (2541 rapid, 2556 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2618

Overall record: +690 -336 =1043 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (156) 
    E94 E97 E98 E91 E60
 English (99) 
    A17 A13 A15 A14 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (87) 
    D02 A40 A46 A41 E10
 Queen's Indian (81) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 Slav (79) 
    D17 D10 D15 D11 D12
 English, 1 c4 c5 (69) 
    A30 A33 A35 A34 A37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (342) 
    B90 B84 B50 B51 B97
 Grunfeld (256) 
    D85 D76 D91 D86 D78
 Sicilian Najdorf (140) 
    B90 B97 B93 B91 B99
 English, 1 c4 c5 (104) 
    A30 A36 A34 A31 A37
 Sicilian Scheveningen (91) 
    B84 B80 B81 B82 B85
 Pirc (85) 
    B08 B07 B09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 0-1
   Ftacnik vs Palatnik, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Ftacnik vs F Vallejo Pons, 2007 1-0
   Ftacnik vs Uhlmann, 1978 1-0
   Wojtkiewicz vs Ftacnik, 1993 0-1
   L Ogaard vs Ftacnik, 1983 0-1
   H Spangenberg vs Ftacnik, 1994 0-1
   Ftacnik vs R Florjancic, 1998 1-0
   Ftacnik vs Nunn, 1986 1-0
   Ftacnik vs U Von Herman, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   National Open (2006)
   World Senior Teams +50 (2015)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   US Open 1991, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni
   2005-6 Australian championship by gauer
   Chess Olympiad 2010 - team Slovakia - men by 810609
   Hastings 2000/01 by Phony Benoni
   Grunfeld Defense by leobabauta
   E97 KID: Orthodox. Modern System [White] by chess.master

   M Neef vs Ftacnik (Apr-09-17) 1-0
   Ftacnik vs M Womacka (Apr-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   Ftacnik vs Naiditsch (Mar-19-17) 1/2-1/2
   Ftacnik vs I Starostits (Mar-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   V Straka vs Ftacnik (Mar-05-17) 0-1

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(born Oct-30-1957, 59 years old) Slovakia

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Lubomir Ftacnik was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1980 he was European Junior Champion in 1976-77 and Czechoslovak Champion in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985. His major tournament victories include 1st= at Cienfuegos 1980, 1st= at Dortmund 1981, 1st at Esbjerg 1982, 1st at Trnava 1983, 1st at Altensteig 1987 and 1st at Baden-Baden Open 1987. He was a member of the Czechoslovak National Team that won silver medals in the Luzern Olympiad in 1982 and in 1987 he drew a match with Kiril D Georgiev.

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 page 1 of 84; games 1-25 of 2,081  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Cipev vs Ftacnik 1-018 1973 CzechoslovakietC27 Vienna Game
2. G Deleyn vs Ftacnik  0-131 1974 EU-ch U20 qualA28 English
3. Ftacnik vs F J Ochoa De Echaguen  1-034 1974 GroningenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
4. Ftacnik vs E Rayner  1-029 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-BD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
5. Ftacnik vs M Knezevic  0-127 1975 Tatra-PokalD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. E Vladimirov vs Ftacnik 0-141 1976 W/EU-ch U20 7677E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Ftacnik vs Krum Georgiev 1-032 1976 GroningenE97 King's Indian
8. Ftacnik vs G Ligterink  1-037 1977 Amsterdam IBM IIE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
9. Ftacnik vs A N Panchenko  0-130 1977 Sochi 24/553D48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. J Nikolac vs Ftacnik 1-048 1977 Amsterdam IBM IID03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
11. Ftacnik vs A Zwaig  1-037 1977 Amsterdam II 24/17A10 English
12. Suetin vs Ftacnik ½-½27 1977 SochiB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
13. K Langeweg vs Ftacnik  ½-½31 1977 Amsterdam IBM IIB06 Robatsch
14. J Szmetan vs Ftacnik  ½-½19 1977 Amsterdam IBM IIE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
15. Ftacnik vs Geller 1-069 1977 SochiE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
16. Ftacnik vs S Petrik  1-049 1977 SVK-chE17 Queen's Indian
17. Ftacnik vs P Egmond 1-028 1977 Amsterdam IBM IIE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
18. Ftacnik vs P Van der Sterren  ½-½28 1977 Amsterdam IBM IIA37 English, Symmetrical
19. Ftacnik vs Petrosian  ½-½83 1977 SochiA36 English
20. Ftacnik vs R Vera  1-033 1977 Groningen 24/46A22 English
21. C Cuartas Bedoya vs Ftacnik  1-059 1977 Amsterdam IBM IIB06 Robatsch
22. S Cvetkovic vs Ftacnik  1-029 1977 Stary Smokovec 24/84A34 English, Symmetrical
23. L Popov vs Ftacnik  ½-½40 1977 Amsterdam IBM IID85 Grunfeld
24. K Helmers vs Ftacnik  ½-½57 1977 GroningenD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
25. Ftacnik vs M Diesen 1-027 1977 Amsterdam IBM IIA17 English
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Feb-25-04  ctrlaltdel: f-touch-nyik

the [touch] is a longer sound tho. in slovak his name is ftáènik (the line on "a" means the vowel is longer, the v-mark on the "c" means it is 'ch' sound)

i believes he plays the german league now, maybe he plays here in slovakia too, but i didn't come across any info about him recently here.

Feb-25-04  ctrlaltdel: (view the page with CE encoding to see the characters correctly ;)
Jul-06-04  rochade18: <ctrlaltdel> Yes he plays in the German "Bundesliga", for the Hamburger Chess Club
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  Benzol: Lubomir Ftacnik
Born 30th October 1957 in Bratislava
Awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1980. He was European junior champion 1976-77 and won the Czech championship in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985.
Feb-07-05  DP12: My best understanding of the pronounciation would read something like Fachnik. For his calculating style he is referred to by some people in Slovakia as "Fritz."
Oct-05-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Ljubomir's games:
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  paulalbert: Since Lubomir ( no "j" in his first name ) is our player of the day, I would like to make a few comments. I know Lubomir from Danny Kopec's summer chess camps where he is frequently the GM instructor, and I have had the pleasure of taking a few private lessons with him. Lubomir, along with IM Danny Kopec, is a co-author of "Winning the Won Game: Lessons from the Albert Brilliancy Prizes" (published by Batsford earlier this year) which is based on the 64 games that have won my brilliancy prizes from 1983-2003 at both the men's and women's U.S. Championship Tournaments. I had the honor of writing the foreword to this very instructive book. Lubomir is not only a strong chessplayer, but also a great person and excellent teacher, and a credit in every way to the wonderful game of chess. Paul Albert
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  Honza Cervenka: <paulalbert> <Since Lubomir ( no "j" in his first name )...>

You are right but in Slovak there are two different consonants "L". One of them is softer (so called soft l with diacritical mark - ¼, ¾) and it is pronounced alike Serbo-Croatian consonant "Lj" in Ljubojevic, Komljenovic, Rogulj or Russian Bogoljubov. Consonant "L" in Slovak name Lubomir (exactly ¼ubomír) is the soft variation. (I can see it correctly displayed with Central European (Windows-1250) coding in my browser.)

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  Honza Cervenka: By the way, Lubo Ftacnik is a Slovak player, not Czech. In 1980s he was a Czechoslovak champion (not Czech) for several times and it also should be mentioned that he was a member of "silver" Czechoslovak national team on Luzern Chess Olympiad in 1982.
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  Benzol: <Honza> my apologies. The bio was written by me so I must take responsibility for the mistakes contained. Please feel free to point out any others you find. Cheers mate.


Nov-29-05  Larsker: <Please feel free to point out any others you find.> It should read "1st at Esbjerg 1982". (Esbjerg is a Danish coastal city where the North Sea Cup is held every year).
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  Honza Cervenka: Ftacnik's performance in Luzern 1982 was quite interesting. He made almost unbelievable, excellent result with black pieces winning five games (against Mark Condie, Lars Karlsson, Bozidar Ivanovic, Lev Polugaevsky and Lawrence Day) and drawing three (with Adam Kuligowski, Mihai Suba and Gyula Sax). Unfortunately, his play with white pieces was far less impressive with two losses (against Jonathan Speelman and Helmut Pfleger), two draws (with Fernando Silva and James Tarjan) and only two wins (with Phillip M. Short and Hans Ree). Of course, Ftacnik's overall record in Luzern was not bad and it was crucial part of final success of whole team:

1. Vlastimil Hort +4=6-3
2. Jan Smejkal +7=6-1
3. Lubomir Ftacnik +7=5-2
4. Vlastimil Jansa +2=2-2
5. Jan Plachetka +5=2-1
6. Jan Ambroz +0=1-0

Mar-29-06  DP12: Lubomir Ftacnik will be coming to the US to teach a camp in Philadelphia from June 26-30th(along with GM Christiansen and IM Milman) and then to play in the World Open.

Jun-08-06  GrimsFairyTale: Hi, my name is David Grimaud, Secretary of the South Carolina Chess Association, a USCF affiliate. In order to promote USCF chess in South Carolina, both GM Lubomir Ftacnik and IM Dr. Danny Kopec will be giving a lecture and tandem simul in Columbia, SC, on Monday, June 19. (This event is sponsored by Precision Tune Auto Care.)

GM Ftacnik will also be playing in the South Carolina Chess Open in Greenville, SC, June 23 - 25.

For more information, please contact me at Please put "Lubo Ftacnik" in the heading of your e-mail.

Jun-27-06  GrimsFairyTale: GM Ftacnik went 38-0 in four evenings of simuls in Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, S.C. He placed first in the S.C. Open, 5-0. His only real competition was Ronald Burnett, who tied for second.
Jun-27-06  GrimsFairyTale: Correction...that's 38-0 in THREE evenings...not four.
Oct-30-06  BIDMONFA: Ljubomir Ftacnik

FTACNIK, Lubomir

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  DarthStapler: How do you pronounce this guy's name?
May-27-08  hrvyklly: <Darth> Scroll to the top of the page... Nov 03 or Feb 04.
Jul-08-08  Jesspatrick: Congrats Lubo, to your share of first in the 2008 World Open. A true credit to your status as a top player for all these years!

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  paulalbert: Congratulations to Lubo for such a great result at the 2008 World Open: his win over GM Stocek as black in a Gruenfeld is really worth studying. Right before the tournament Lubo was an instructor at Kopec's Chess Camp which I again attended. Lubo's instructor sessions were excellent, and I also was able to take a very instructive private lesson with him. Also to <GrimsFairyTale>: Hi, David. I didn't know you were a contributor to the Chessgames site. Regards, Paul Albert
May-13-09  Hesam7: Ftacnik is writing an opening repertoire based on Najdorf for Black:

Given Ftacnik's reputation as an analyst this looks very interesting.

Aug-08-09  M.D. Wilson: How does one pronounce "Ftacnik"?
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  GrahamClayton: Photos of Ftacnik giving a recent simul at the Charleston Chess Club:

Jul-03-13  ozmikey: GM Ftacnik is currently coaching the next generation of talented Australian youngsters at the 12th annual JETS (Junior Elite Training Squad) camp here in Sydney. A very popular visitor.
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